IFEES November & December Webinars

Global Engineering Pedagogy

November 20, 2017 at 14:00 UTC

Participants in this webinar will learn about:

  • How a network of international experts can make a difference in improving quality of engineering education in a large number of engineering institutions
  • How EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) can prepare engineering graduates as leaders of the future
  • How certification of engineering faculty can make them student-centric in their teaching
  • Efficiency of education,  creativity and innovation, accreditation and certification, entrepreneurship in engineering education,
  • Industrie 4.0/IoT

IUCEE – An experiment in transforming engineering education in India

Krishna Vedula
Executive Director of the Indo-Universal Collaboration for Engineering Education (IUCEE), USA

The vision of IUCEE (Indo Universal Collaboration for Engineering Education) is to improve the quality and global relevance of engineering education in India. A primary objective is to provide the ecosystem which will foster the employability, entrepreneurship and leadership skills of engineering graduates. Financial contributions from distinguished patrons helped initiate the program in 2007. Annual Membership fees from about 70 institutions in India enable IUCEE to be financially sustainable now.

International experts travel regularly to India to discuss global best practices in teaching and research in their field with Indian faculty in face-to-face workshops. Additionally, technology is used to enable experts to regularly conduct live Webinars and MiniCourses on-line to faculty and students all over India.

IUCEE facilitates the participation of faculty, students and leaders of consortium institutions to become part of a global network and participate in international events in engineering education. IUCEE co-organizes the International Conference on Transformations in Engineering Education (ICTIEE) annually in India. The fifth ICTIEE 2018 is planned to held at two locations (Gr. Noida and Madurai) in January 2018. IUCEE publishes the Journal for Engineering Education Transformations (JEET), in collaboration with one of the consortium institutions. The conference and the journal are vehicles for sharing best practices in engineering education by Indian and global engineering educators.

Two signature programs of IUCEE are ready for scale-up. IIEECP (IUCEE International Engineering Educator Certification Program), started with assistance of IGIP (International Society for Engineering Education), Austria has certified more than 250 engineering faculty in 2015-17. The IUCEE-EPICS Partnership (Engineering Projects in Community Service) in partnership with Purdue University has fourteen institutions as partners in 2017. Faculty and students from these institutions are engaged with several community partners with the goal of providing design thinking skills as well as professional and leadership skills while assisting communities on real projects.

Students and industry participation is a vital part of this ecosystem. SCALE (Student Consortium for Advancement in Learning Engineering) in partnership with IUCEE facilitates regional and national workshops for promoting leadership and project based activities among students.The Industry Teaching Fellows, formed by a group of industry leaders, assists in guiding engineering colleges in their efforts to improve the employability of engineering graduates.

IUCEE programs are actively supported by a network of more than 100 international experts. Testimonials from several of the consortium institutions indicates that the transformation is moving in the right direction.

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Smart ideas for engineers -the impact of IGIP on modern engineering education

Axel Zafoschnig
Vice President of the International Society for Engineering Pedagogy (IGIP), Austria

Never has the speed of development in the area of engineering been as high and accelerated as it is today when we observe the enormous and driven growth of the engineering sector worldwide. These tendencies require well-coordinated new efforts in engineering education – or in other words: The importance of pedagogy in the field of engineering in both, the secondary and the tertiary sectors, is growing enormously. These changes strongly demand new didactic and pedagogic paradigms. The International Society of Engineering Pedagogy (IGIP) offers to contribute relevant concepts and pedagogical ideas that can help to develop engineering education further. This webinar should give an idea of how IGIP intends to tackle the methodological and organisational challenges in Engineering Education in the near future. Collaboration, multimedia communication and complex problem solving all play an important role in today’s engineering education world. The general objective of this webinar thus is to contribute and discuss present experiences in this multi-disciplinary field, as well as to examine best-practice solutions.

A Few Things Cognitive Science Teaches us About Effective Teaching

December 7, 2017 at 13:00 UTC


Rebecca Brent
President of Education Designs Inc., USA
Richard Felder
Hoechst Celanese Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University, USA
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In the past three to four decades, cognitive scientists have discovered a lot about the learning process—what happens in the brain when we learn something and what methods and conditions of instruction promote learning.  It turns out that the practices of the standard lecture-based teaching model are not on the list of promotive factors. This presentation reviews some of the principal findings of the scientists, outlines practical teaching strategies based on those findings, and reviews evidence that those strategies are indeed more effective than the traditional ones.